Following a recent multi-million pound redevelopment programme in 2006, Kempton Park was transformed into London’s premier racecourse in the heart of leafy South West London. It’s the only right-handed polytrack all-weather surface in the UK with both jump and flat racing held all year round at Kempton.

Kempton was the brainchild of 19th century businessman, S.H. Hyde, who leased the Manor and Park and set up horse racing meetings in July 1878.

Among its raft of popular race meetings is the King George VI Chase: a Grade 1 National Hunt chase which attracts thousands of visitors to Surrey. Past winners of the King George VI chase include Kauto Star and Long Run, so you can guarantee the world’s best chasers will be entered here.

Kempton’s all-weather surface is not thought to be as fast as Lingfield and Wolverhampton as it’s somewhat deeper, but the course is generally fair to all types of runners. It’s also one of the few racecourses in the UK with the capability to host floodlit meetings in the midst of winter.

The flat course at Kempton is a right-handed oval track with two loops. It’s approximately a mile round, with the outer circuit a mile-and-a-quarter. The National Hunt track is flat and triangular, with nine fences along the circuit with three in the home straight.

Although Kempton is generally fair to most runners, the five, nine and 10 furlong sprint races have a very short run-in, which definitely favours those with the stamina to lead from the front.

David Probert says: “Generally speaking, it's a straightforward track. But the five furlong and mile and a quarter races are both run on the tight inside bend, and the impact of the draw is most pronounced there: you definitely benefit from a low draw and being close to the pace, because you're on the turn a fair bit and you need to keep your horse balanced before a home straight of less than two furlongs. It's very difficult to come from off the pace at those two distances.

If you're drawn wide on the inner loop, you need a horse with gate speed in order to get the best break you possibly can. Obviously in novice or non-handicap races there may be inexperienced or slow horses inside you, but in handicaps it's difficult to overcome a wide draw. The best bet then is to try to drop in halfway and hope that they go too quick up front so you can pick them up. It's worth marking up horses that win or run well from wide draws in handicaps at Kempton.

On the outer loop you can normally ride more of a race: you can be drawn outside, drop in, and it seems like you can win from off the pace there at the minute. Whether it's because of the lack of rain and maybe that's making it a little slower, I don't know, but it seems fairer just now. Also on the outer loop, jockeys tend to stay two or three lanes off the inside rail going past the cutaway because it seems a bit quicker further out, and horses just seem to finish a bit better there.

One other thing to note, with Kempton being the only right-handed track is that some horses act better there than at the other all weather courses most likely due to a preference for racing in that direction.

The kickback has improved recently. As with all of the all weather tracks, the more rain we have it tightens up quite well, but sometimes if they harrow it quite deep it can be fairly gruelling in behind. Overall though, it's one of the better tracks for the kickback.”

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Latest Kempton Results
DateRunnerJockeyTrainerSP
25 Jan 20:15Almost YouBenoit de la SayetteK De Foy5/2
25 Jan 19:45Mi LaddoJ F EganM F Harris100/30
25 Jan 19:15Love DestinyRichard KingscoteM Johnston6/5
25 Jan 18:45StarshibaDavid ProbertD Elsworth11/2
25 Jan 18:15Mighty GurkhaHollie DoyleA Watson11/4
25 Jan 17:45Twilight MadnessHollie DoyleS Hodgson3/1
25 Jan 17:15Silent WitnessTom MarquandE Walker100/30
25 Jan 16:45AcesWilliam CarsonC Wallis3/1
25 Jan 16:15Note BleuTom QueallyG L Moore9/2
16 Jan 20:20Love DestinyRichard KingscoteM Johnston6/1
Kempton Fixtures
DateSessionCodeSurface
27 JanFloodlitFlatAWT
30 JanFloodlitFlatAWT
03 FebFloodlitFlatAWT
06 FebFloodlitFlatAWT
12 FebAfternoonJumpTurf
16 FebAfternoonFlatAWT
17 FebFloodlitFlatAWT
24 FebFloodlitFlatAWT
27 FebAfternoonJumpTurf
03 MarFloodlitFlatAWT
10 MarFloodlitFlatAWT
17 MarFloodlitFlatAWT
20 MarAfternoonJumpTurf
27 MarAfternoonFlatAWT
31 MarFloodlitFlatAWT
03 AprAfternoonFlatAWT
09 AprFloodlitFlatAWT
14 AprFloodlitFlatAWT
19 AprEveningJumpTurf
03 MayAfternoonJumpTurf
05 MayEveningFlatAWT
19 MayEveningFlatAWT
02 JunEveningFlatAWT
09 JunEveningFlatAWT
23 JunEveningFlatAWT
30 JunEveningFlatAWT
07 JulEveningFlatAWT
02 AugAfternoonFlatAWT
04 AugEveningFlatAWT
11 AugEveningFlatAWT
17 AugAfternoonFlatAWT
18 AugEveningFlatAWT
25 AugEveningFlatAWT
03 SepEveningFlatAWT
04 SepAfternoonFlatAWT
17 OctAfternoonJumpTurf
01 NovAfternoonFlatAWT
08 NovAfternoonJumpTurf
22 NovAfternoonJumpTurf
26 DecAfternoonJumpTurf
27 DecAfternoonJumpTurf
Top Kempton Jockeys
JockeyWinsRunsSR
Tom Marquand2216013.8%
William Buick198422.6%
David Probert171799.5%
James Doyle169017.8%
Oisin Murphy1611713.7%
Silvestre De Sousa168020.0%
Rob Hornby1511113.5%
Luke Morris151679.0%
Callum Shepherd148416.7%
Richard Kingscote136420.3%
Top Kempton Trainers
TrainerWinsRunsSR
M Johnston198721.8%
J Gosden188122.2%
A Balding179817.3%
M Botti137218.1%
C Appleby133636.1%
Sir M Stoute126119.7%
M Appleby118612.8%
R Hannon111159.6%
R Charlton105119.6%
R Beckett106116.4%